Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), a member of the progressive “Squad” in Congress, is currently being investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over allegations of misappropriating government funds designated for private security. According to Punchbowl News, the DOJ has initiated a criminal probe into Bush, with six sources confirming the allegations.
In light of this investigation, the Justice Department has issued a subpoena to the House Sergeant at Arms, requesting records pertaining to the misuse of federal security funds. As a result, the House clerk has officially notified the House chamber that the Sergeant at Arms’ office has been served with a grand jury subpoena by the DOJ.
The official House website states:
“The Sergeant at Arms is the chief law enforcement and protocol officer of the House of Representatives and is responsible for maintaining order in the House side of the United States Capitol complex. The Sergeant at Arms reviews and implements all issues relating to the safety and security of Members of Congress and the Capitol complex. The Sergeant at Arms also coordinates extensively with the U.S. Capitol Police and various intelligence agencies to assess threats against Members of Congress and the Capitol complex.”
Initially, the reports refrained from disclosing the identity of the House Democrat involved in the investigation. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that a House Democrat had previously undergone an investigation by the Federal Elections Commission due to the alleged misuse of campaign funds for personal security.
Furthermore, it is noteworthy that Bush persisted in compensating Cortney Merritts, now her husband, for private security services even after their marriage.